Prostration of the candidates during the Litany of the Saints

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During the ordination rite of the Mass, the deacons lay prostrate on the floor as a sign of them laying their lives down for Christ and His Church. It is at this time that the Church, Bishop, priests, religious, and laity present assist in the chanting of the Litany of Saints, calling down prayers upon each of the men who are about to be ordained. His Eminence James Cardinal Harvey leads the Church in the prayer as the choir chants and the people respond.

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